Disclaimer: We may be slightly biased when it comes to Carly as she is a part of our history and our original writer over here on TCE. That aside the girl is an absolute boss babe and the OG Platter Queen all while wrangling her two mini’s.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into the industry
Hello! I am Carly Devine, co-founder and current sole owner of Nibble and Nourish. I kinda ‘fell’ into the food industry in 2017 as a friend and I saw a gap in the market for grazing tables and decided to give it a go for my upcoming baby shower. I have a background in Marketing & Advertising and she had a background in Events – mixed together with our favourite foods, Savoury & Sweet nibbles we created the platter of our dreams for friends and family…from there we launched the business and word of mouth spread around town. Now, in the 4th year of business, I run it full time on my own.
Can you walk us through the background of where the concept for this business started?
We started to see the concept become popular on Pinterest and in particular the Gold Coast. A friend’s little sis started Deluxe Grazing on the GC and we literally took inspo from her tables for my baby shower but with our own spin on it, of course. Two weeks after that (our first platter) we had 4 other baby showers booked in. It’s organically grown from there using our own business smarts and creative concepts to nail our brand look and featured foods.
What was the most challenging aspect you’ve faced in business so far?
Time! We wish we could say YES to every single person who gets in touch for their special event, but we only have so many hours in one weekend. And probably the situation with Covid-19. Us, and so many other small businesses have taken a huge hit with events not being allowed to go ahead.
And what’s been the most amazing experience?
There’s not just one amazing experience I can think of, every single special event we get to be a part of is super important to us. I think working with top tier and well-known brands here in Canberra is just the most rewarding thing about owning a business here. Being connected and having the reputation of great food and great customer service gives me all the happy and grateful feels! Catering for a Vogue Magazine event at Canberra Centre last year was pretty awesome!
What’s the biggest piece of advice you have for someone transitioning from side hustle to a full-time business?
Transitioning from side hustle to full-time business for me means you should already be run off your feet and making enough money to cover your personal expenses, as well as your business expenses. You should have a cash flow to give you a bit of room to be able to go out there and market your business with heart and passion and not give off the vibe that you just need a sale. Have all your ducks lined up from daily tasks and processes, staff, and finances and you’ve got yourself a successful hustle.
Tell us, what’s your favourite kind of platter – sweet or savory?
My favourite kind is definitely a savoury! GIMME ALL OF THE CHEESE! I have always been a cheese lover, and paired with crackers, bread, antipasto and cured meats I am in heaven!
What’s the one essential ingredient no platter should be without?
100% BRIE CHEESE!
Coffee ☕️ I can’t start my day without one!
Mornings I am most productive and I love starting a fresh new day, but I do love nights when I can wind down with family!
What’s on your bedside table:
A lamp, picture of me with my babies, an Adairs woven tray which holds the book I’m currently reading, lip balm, hand cream and the baby monitor.
Book you are currently reading:
I usually have a fiction and non-fiction book on the go –
Baby! You’re Remarkable – Lorraine Murphy
Wives & Girlfriends – Shireen Lolesi
5 items you can’t leave home without:
Phone, water bottle, keys, wallet, sunglasses (Boring or minimalist 😂)
The One – Dolce & Gabbana